Canada’s Latest Express Entry Draw Invites 1,980 Candidates: A Focus on Skilled Occupations and French Proficiency

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently conducted the third Express Entry draw of the month, extending invitations to apply (ITAs) to 1,980 individuals in a general draw. The required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for candidates in this round was 524.

This recent draw comes on the heels of two previous Express Entry draws on March 12 and March 13. In the draw on March 12, which was also general in nature, 2,850 ITAs were issued to candidates who had at least a CRS score of 525, marking the lowest general draw score for the year until this latest draw.

The CRS score for the March 12 draw showed a decrease of nine points from the last general draw on February 28 and a significant 21-point decline from the first general draw of 2024 on January 10, which had a CRS score requirement of 546. In its general draws, IRCC considers applicants from all programs and categories.

The March 13 draw targeted candidates in transport occupations specifically, requiring a minimum CRS score of 430 for consideration. This was the first draw of its kind since December 20, 2023, and since introducing category-based selection draws, IRCC has issued ITAs to 2,645 candidates in transport occupations.

Category-based selection draws began in May 2023 as a strategy for IRCC to pinpoint Express Entry candidates possessing skills and attributes in high demand, enabling the issuance of ITAs accordingly.

These draws are organized into six categories, which will remain consistent through 2024: Healthcare, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Trades, Transport, Agriculture and Agri-food occupations, and those with strong French proficiency.

These categories are reflective of Canada’s pressing labor needs and IRCC’s goal to foster the French language outside Quebec, with French-speaking applicants receiving a significant portion of ITAs since the introduction of these categories.

Express Entry serves as a management system for several immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Candidates across all programs are evaluated and ranked in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which allocates points based on criteria such as language skills, education, occupation, work experience, and age. The highest-ranking candidates are more likely to be invited to apply for permanent residency.

Upon submission of their final application, candidates can expect a decision from IRCC within six months, in line with the department’s service standards.

Discover more news:

✉️ Join Our

Be among the first to discover the latest news and updates about Canada immigration!

🥳 You're in! Check your inbox

Your first Be a Canadian newsletter is on the way! Make sure to check the spam folder and add us to your contact list, to not miss any newsletter.